Volleyball
Volleyball

Weekly Announcments

September
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COACHES - "SCHOOL YEAR" BEGINS TODAY
Today marks the first day of the "school year" by definition of the KSHSAA (Tuesday after Labor Day through Saturday before Memorial Day). During the "school year volleyball season", students MAY NOT participate on outside teams or in volleyball events that are not on the school schedule. Students MAY NOT be a part of group instruction (outside of school practice), club try-outs or college try-outs. Students MAY take a private lesson (one on one instruction) at any time during the school year.

COURT LINES – PLEASE CHECK!
Boundary Lines: It is recommended all boundary lines be of one clearly visible color contrasting to the color of the floor and other lines on the floor. (NFHS Rule 2-1-2). Please check for lines that intersect other court markings. Make sure lines are added anywhere that the lines are separated enough that if a ball were to land, it would not be on a line. It is not necessary to mark small gaps in the lines.
When you check the court/lines, be sure to note:
Center Line: A continuous line, 2" wide, parallel to and equidistant from the end lines, shall separate the court into 2 playing areas. A solid or shadow-bordered 2" wide center line is permissible. If the floor has a logo in the center of the court, that logo should not distract from the visibility of the center line. (NFHS Rule 2-1-4)
Serving Area: It shall be laterally limited by 2 short lines, each 6" long x 2" wide, drawn 8" and perpendicular to the end line, as extensions of the sidelines. (NFHS Rule 2-1-6)
NOTE: Each serving area shall be a minimum of 6' in depth. In the event that such space is not available, the serving area shall be extended into the court to whatever distance necessary to provide the minimum depth and be so marked.

JEWELRY, MEDICAL ALERT DEVICES
Jewelry shall not be worn by players during warm-ups and/or competition. The only piercing allowed (Daith piercing – innermost cartilage of inner ear) must have a letter of permission from the KSHSAA to be allowed. Medical alert medals are not considered jewelry and must be taped to the body and the alert may be visible. NOTE: The rule is not specific about where the medal should be taped. The coach is asked to demonstrate good judgment when students have special medical needs.

RIBBONS & HAIR DEVICES
As a reminder, hair devices made of soft material can be no wider than 3 inches. OFFICIALS: PLEASE DO NOT MEASURE A HEADBAND. If you suspect the band to be wider than 3 inches, visit with the coach.

  • Headbands (no wider than 3 inches) that are tied/knotted with tails, may be worn.
  • Teammates may wear ribbons in their hair. THEY DO NOT ALL NEED TO BE THE SAME COLOR.
  • Bobby pins, flat clips and flat barrettes, unadorned and no longer than 2 ", are also allowed.
  • Players may play with dyed hair (blue, green, purple, etc.). Players MAY NOT wear body paint or glitter on their hair, face, uniform or body.

POE'S (POINTS OF EMPHASIS) FOR SEASON
Let's all be reminded of 3 POE's for this season

  1. Safety of R1 Stand (safe and stable platform). Prior to match, R1 check height, steps, appropriate attachment to pole, etc. Report safety concerns to host management.
  2. Warm-up Safety. Coaches, please be cautious of facility space, shared court time and those assisting with warm-up. While the KSHSAA post-season warm-up will be changed next year, what you choose to use during the regular season is your choice – please consider the safety of players, etc.
  3. Treatment of Line Judges – Coaches, please model & teach respect for those who officiate the game. Lack of respect toward Line Judges or other officials is a case for Unsporting Conduct.

HEAD COACH STANDING DURING PLAY
Remember: The Head Coach may stand during play between the attack line and the endline and must be at least 6 feet back from the sideline. Rule 5-5-3b(10): The R2 shall ensure that the head coach, when standing, remains in this area during play.

SUB VARSITY MATCH FORMAT
Schools/Leagues will establish the format for sub-varsity volleyball contests. This may include the set score, number of sets to be played, etc. Officials and coaches are to be informed of the terms for the match in advance of play.

UNSPORTING CONDUCT
Coaches and officials are asked to review Rule 12 (CONDUCT). Under no circumstances shall the referees permit unsporting conduct to occur without penalty. Coaches, while a first minor offense results in a Warning (Yellow Card) and no point penalty, it is an offense and should be taken seriously.

AREA SUPERVISOR MEETING ATTENDANCE
The Series 1 area supervisor meetings are now concluded. Just a reminder that all registered volleyball officials are encouraged to also attend a Series 2 Area Supervisor meeting during the season. Check the schedule and mark the date of the location in your area. These meetings are held from September 17-28. To be eligible for post-season, officials must attend both the series 1 and series 2 meetings. Officials unable to attend a meeting may request a make-up opportunity for 1 missed meeting from the KSHSAA. The request for Series 1 should be made within one week of the missed meeting. The time line for Series 2 must be made known in advance of a missed meeting.

GET INTO THE NFHS VOLLEYBALL CASEBOOK/OFFICIALS MANUAL
Once again, the Officials Manual has lots of valuable information. All officials are encouraged to thoroughly read the contents of this publication in preparation for the 2018 season. Review the Court Protocol, procedures for time-outs, etc.

ALWAYS WORK TO BE A GOOD OFFICIAL
Preparation in athletic officiating is never ending. Preparation cannot be limited to the period during which matches are played. The season is too short and the matches too few to achieve the necessary proficiency.

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